Essential Oils for Labor (that Actually Work!)

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I have been a long-time lover of essential oils. I loved them even before they were trendy. So naturally, when I was pregnant, I began researching which oils for labor actually worked.

I have done the work to narrow down that list to the top three. This list, is the three oils that I used during my second labor that I felt actually helped.

I had packed many other oils in my labor bag, but in the moment these were the only ones that I felt like I needed. Continue reading “Essential Oils for Labor (that Actually Work!)”

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5 Ways Your Second Labor Will be Easier Than Your First

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By no fault of their own, I had many well-intending people warn me that my second labor would be much harder than my first. This, as you can imagine, was not what I wanted to hear when pregnant with our second baby.

I would smile and nod.

When you’re pregnant, you have to work hard to not only grow a baby, but also keep a peaceful environment around you (and in your head!).

Take my word for it, if you don’t have something nice to say to a pregnant lady, don’t say nothin’ at all. Continue reading “5 Ways Your Second Labor Will be Easier Than Your First”

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My Second (Pain-Free!), Natural Birth Story

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I feel kinda bad telling people that I had a pain-free, natural birth. Not one… but two even!

It’s like I’m selling contraband.

Stuff like this just doesn’t happen!

I can see the resentment on people’s faces when I mention the words “pain free” and “labor” in the same sentence.

Some laugh. Some scoff. And some don’t believe that it’s possible.

It’s like I’m Carol from that show the Last Man on Earth. But, not quite like her because she had her babies in her sleep. Well, I got one hour of sleep while in labor. But that’s beside the point.

I’m convinced that a pain free labor can happen! Because it happened to me. And I’m not that special, so this must be available for anyone. Continue reading “My Second (Pain-Free!), Natural Birth Story”

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My Natural (and Pain-Free!) Joyful Birth Story

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When I was pregnant, I devoured positive, natural birth stories.

Maybe it was because my mom had two emergency c-sections. Growing up, I heard her near-death, terrifying birth stories.

Going into labor scared me. What if the same thing happened to me?

I determined to give birth my all. To have a vaginal, natural birth if at all possible.

I tried my hardest to create a positive atmosphere surrounding birth. If anyone started sharing their fear-filled birth story, I would leave the room or politely tell them I did not want to hear that. Continue reading “My Natural (and Pain-Free!) Joyful Birth Story”

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Labor-aid Electrolyte Drink for Labor and Delivery

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I gave birth to my daughter in a birthing center. Mainly because I don’t like IVs. I wanted the freedom to move about. And, I wanted to eat and drink some sort of electrolyte drink for labor.

I have heard of women sneaking snacks and drinks into a hospital birth as well. You didn’t hear that from me though! Of course, don’t take my word for it. You’ll want to check with your doctor to make sure that’s ok first.

Labor can be long. It’s tiring. It drains your energy. And, if you want to have energy during the pushing phase, then you’ll need to snack and stay hydrated during early labor Continue reading “Labor-aid Electrolyte Drink for Labor and Delivery”

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Ultimate Third Trimester Checklist

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It’s finally here! For months I’ve been dreaming about these last few months of pregnancy and getting baby’s room ready. I’ve survived the morning sickness, worked out through the second trimester energy, and now I’m finally huge and ready to be done with my third trimester checklist. I can see the light at the end of this tunnel and it has a cute little baby face.

This pregnancy has been so different than my first. With my daughter, by six months I had the entire nursery set up and the pregnancy seemed to last forever. I even had a baby shower before we found out my daughter’s gender. I had a much different baby shower this pregnancy which I’ll talk about in another post. Continue reading “Ultimate Third Trimester Checklist”

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Entertain Your Toddler for Hours Using These Three Household Items

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Entertain your toddler for hours with these 3 household items

We all know this scenario. Your toddler is fussy and clingy. Every time you put her down so you can make dinner she screams at the top of her lungs. The struggle is real. Everyone needs to eat, but how do you entertain your toddler with activities and keep him occupied for at least 30 minutes while you at least whip up some mac & cheese?

Honestly, there have been times when I just turn on the TV. Far too many times actually. It’s just so easy. But lately, even that isn’t enough to entertain my needy almost-two-year-old while I manage to cook or, heaven forbid, take a five-minute shower! Continue reading “Entertain Your Toddler for Hours Using These Three Household Items”

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